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Waiting for Ryan, Speaker's Race Grinds to a Standstill

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015 08:35 PM

The selection of a House Speaker is at a standstill, with no alternative besides a resistant Rep. Paul Ryan able to whip up the needed 218 votes to win the leadership post, Politico reports. 

"The folks who have called me, I like a lot of them, but I’m still not convinced that any of them would be a better speaker than [Florida Rep.)] Daniel Webster," South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which endorsed Webster, tells Politico.

Though the hardline conservative group doesn't have the numbers to get one of their own in the No. 1 spot, they can veto other candidates, Politico notes. And the race is dead in the water until the Wisconsin lawmaker decides whether to run; Politico has reported he'd consider serving if he was the consensus choice of the party.

Meanwhile, at least two dozen lawmakers are working the phones to gauge potential support, Politico reports, though only about a half-dozen are considered serious contenders.

And no candidate would get the conservatives' support without some sort of pledge to uphold "regular order" of the House, Politico reports; the Freedom Caucus wants to decentralize power from the speaker's office to the rank-and-file. 

Politico reports besides Webster, others who are in the House Speaker race include Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, and Texas Reps. Bill Flores and Pete Sessions. But others who are considering a run and hoping to gain traction with the conservative group include Reps. Mike McCaul, Mike Conaway, and Mac Thornberry – all from Texas – as well as Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, Politico reports.

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